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to leave. so, don, what do you know -- dan, about this speech. is it done? >> we're toll the president putting sort of the last points on that speech and will be making some tweaks before he actually rolls it out tomorrow. we're told by advisers here at the white house that this will not be a chance for him to lay out policies but rather will be having or delivering a hopeful speech. making the admission that clearly you can't settle every debate here in washington, but that you have to look for areas of common ground. the president will talk about some of the challenges that he will be facing over the next four years, certainly some of those key domestic issues the president will be tackling, immigration reform, gun control, and finally the president hoping to get some public support to push his agenda through congress. plans to engage the public to put pressure on members of congress. this is being viewed as sort of act one, where the president makes broad themes. act two is between the president will release more details during his state of the union address next month. >> dan, i'm
's plan saying their second amendment rights are under attack. dan lothian is following all these developments in washington. what's the latest? >> the white house sees these recommendations as a way to hopefully curb gun violence and some of these things the president has backed before such as a ban on assault weapons. the president shortly after the connecticut shootings came out in support of that. so that's expected to be in the president's plan. also pressing for a ban on those high capacity magazines with more than ten rounds. that's the important note here. the aim here is to cut down on the ability of a gunman to go in and release up to 30 rounds in a short period of time. in addition, the president will be pushing for universal background checks so that everyone who buys aunder questi goes a criminal or mental health check. in addition the president wants to request funds be available for mental health illnesst to make sure there's money there for those things to be treated and to provide schools with the support they need for enhanced safety. the president is also
the president will say to set the policy agenerda and the ton in his inaugural speech. dan lothian, what do we know about the speech and what the president wants to tell the american people? >> reporter: we're told by those familiar with the president's remarks that this will not be a policy speech but rather he will make it sort of a hopeful plea, talk about the reality that here in washington you can't settle every debate, but that you can look for areas of common ground. and this is a big difference from 2009 when the president came into office talking about changing the way that washington works and ran into the reality up on capitol hill. so he'll touch on that, touch on some of the challenges that the country faces as he moves forward on some key issues such as gun control, immigration reform, tries to deal with the debt ceiling. and finally, we're told that the president will push to get the public engaged, engaged in their community, engaged in the issues to put pressure on congress to move the president's initiatives forward, john. this is seen as sort of the stage one or the act one,
correspondent dan lothian is following all of the developments for us this morning. very nice to have you, dan. >> reporter: good morning. >> we know the vice president has sent forth his recommendations. we don't have a copy but you know some of the de-dales in it. could you share with us? >> reporter: that's right interesting that the vice president said today would be the day he would recommend the proposals to the president. he met with the president yesterday and both of them starting reviewing some of the recommendations, the president pointing out that later in the week he'll talk in more detail about what his administration plans to do going forward. some of it will require congressional approval. other things the president plans to do on his own such as a registry, the president said, or getting more data in tracking the weapons that are used by criminals. the president yesterday during his news conference gave a hint as to what the proposals will look like. take a listen. >> what you can count on is the things that i have said in the past, the belief that we have to have stronger bac
it a terrorist attack as well. for more, let's go to dan rivers in london. what are the latest reports there on the hostage situation? >> effectively, according to the minister of information in algeria, this is a standoff. the algerian security forces surrounded this gas plant in the far east of algeria. the islamists are holed up inside, holding a number of western hostages. we don't know the exact numbers. there's been a press conference this morning from the norwegian stat oil company. it is saying that it had 17 employees there, 5 escaped. and therefore 12 remain unaccounted for. not clear if all are being held hostage or if some escaped into the desert. it's a confused situation. the state department confirmed there are americans among those being held. we understand as well possibly british, japanese, french as well as those norwegians. a number of countries being embroiled in this hostage crisis which looks like it may have been precipitated by algeria's decision to allow french planes to fly of the country as part of its ongoing military campaign in mali to the south. >> i kno
. it's a very serious matter when americans are taken hostage along with others. >> dan rueters is live in london. what do we know about the group taking responsibility? >> reporter: well, that had are sort of a splinter group, an affiliate of al qaeda in the islamic magnificent rred. led by mokhtar belmokhtar. he fought in the '80s against the soviets. he has been involved in people trafficking, drugs, and he has done a lot of kidnapping as well. most motivated by ransom and money. this may end up getting resolved. a notorious character, and described by french intelligence as mr. untouchable. known locally for being involved in cigarette smuggling. this is part of a wider, regional conflict, links to mali, that these islam iist groups in algeria are getting in on. furious that algeria has allowed french planes to fliory algerian air space to attack insurients, islamists in northern mali. >> what about plans or missions to get hostages out? >> well, we know from the ministry of information in algeria, that they are surrounded. the terrorists, and that a large number of security forces
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are saying, people you don't know. >> dan, thank you. looks cool, thanks. >>> white house has changed the rules now about official online petitions. starting today, a petition sent to the website, we the people, it has got to have 100,000 signatures in the span of 30 days to get an official response from the obama administration. the previous requirement for an official response was just 25,000. the white house says the change is needed after the site suddenly got very popular, flooded with sometimes not so serious petitions. one of them demanded the u.s. build a death star. another called on the forced deportation of our cnn host piers morgan. that's it for me now. brooke baldwin continues on "cnn newsroom." >>> as reaction pours in on the president's gun proposal, we aren't going to tell you what is illegal. we will show you what's illegal. you'll hear it straight from a gun dealer. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. they lived a middle class life, going to work, playing tennis. but behind closed doors they were sleeper spies, delivering secrets for cash. >>> plus, the jet of the
themes and we just learned this from dan lothian who covers the white house. this is sort of the fact that the president is confronting the reality of a divided washington that he'll be acknowledging that there are some divisions but he'll talk about how there's responsibility to work on issues where there are common ground and, of course, this is considered certainly a speech that is somewhat hard to deliver not only because historically second inaugurals are not always very memorable but also because it's situated in a very weird place temp porely for president obama. we've just had the fiscal cliff battle. there's an upcoming one with the debt ceiling. ep has to acknowledge this not so pretty reality in the washington as he gives a speech that's supposed to be inspirational. >> the reality is the same congress he was working with on friday will be the same congress he's working with come tuesday despite the speech. we'll watch closely to see more details coming up. thank you so much. we'll watch more of this ahead. >> we always know security is tight in washington, but for the inau
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